The 2012 Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal is underway and donations are still needed. Lots of people have already kindly donated presents to ensure young people across the borough do not miss out on the thrill of unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day and there’s still time to give.
Each year the Toy Appeal, in conjunction with St George’s Community Children’s Project, works to ensure that disadvantaged children receive Christmas presents donated by individuals, schools and businesses. A team of volunteers coordinate the gifts, carefully selecting them so they are age-appropriate for the child, and ensure they are all beautifully wrapped. Without the Toy Appeal some children would not have any presents on Christmas Day.
In 2011 326 children received presents from the Toy Appeal. Donations of new or as new gifts are needed to ensure this year’s appeal is equally successful. People can leave donations at various points in the borough including at the Tunbridge Wells Gateway and Weald Information Centre, Cranbrook or take them direct to Big Yellow Self Storage, Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells. The last date for donations is Saturday 15 December
The appeal is supported by the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Councillor John Smith. John, who has three children, has whole-heartedly given his support to the Toy Appeal. He said: ‘The volunteers and sponsors do a fantastic job; collecting, organising, wrapping and distributing the toys. It’s a great opportunity to help someone, spread some good cheer and really light up someone’s Christmas. I am very pleased to be involved in this great cause and look forward to distributing some of the gifts.’